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CoLA Weekly
Friday, February 19, 2016  

LEAP and the Department of Theatre, Dance, & Motion Pictures held their first collaboration yesterday when Mailinh Nguyen organized the LEAP Success Workshop with Stuart McDowell.  Stuart led a highly engaging workshop on how to become a more confident speaker and make a presentation more interesting to the audience.  The LEAP students loved it and thoroughly enjoyed working with Stuart.  Thank you Stuart! I just love these photos!

I am looking forward to Monday's CoLA Research Conference. The event will run continuously from 1:15-5:00 p.m. in the Millett Atrium. Please join us for all or any part of this scintillating public event highlighting CoLA faculty research developed by the following faculty who were on professional development leave in the 2014-15 academic year:



Kristin Sobolik, Dean 
College of Liberal Arts 
Presentation Title

Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Linda Caron, Associate Dean for Faculty and External Affairs and Moderator 
Introduction of speakers 
Erik Banks,
Religion, Philosophy, and Classics 
Realistic Empiricism: Some Open Problems
Jonathan Reed Winkler, 
Plexus: American Security and International Communications, 1920 to 1945
2:10 Christopher Chaffee,
Four Prayers-The Joys and Frustrations of Making a Traditional Classical Music Recording in a High-Tech World
2:35 Nancy Mack,
Working-Class Students Need to Write about Their Lives
December Green,
CoLA Outstanding Faculty Awardee
Political Science 
Contentious Politics in Brazil and China: Brazil
3:25 Kelli Zaytoun,
Tracing the Path and Posthumanist Implications of Ia Naguala/the Shapeshifter in the Works of Gloria Anzald˙a
Jeannette Marchand, 
Religion, Philosophy, and Classics  
Investigations in the Greek Countryside
Kristin Sobolik, Dean
College of Liberal Arts 
Introduction of Provost  
Thomas A. Sudkamp, Provost 
Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction 
Greetings and Remarks 
4:20 Liam Anderson,
Keynote Speaker and CoLA Outstanding Research Awardee
Political Science 
Autonomy as a Solution to Ethnic Problems: Some Insights into the Case of Iraq
Faculty bios can be found here. At the conclusion of the conference, please remain and join us for an open bar reception honoring all of our researchers. We hope to see you there!

Tomorrow is Wright State's fourth annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. The festivities include the 3:00 p.m. Women's basketball game versus Detroit, a 5:00 p.m. Appreciation Event in the McLin Gym - CoLA is sponsoring the Go Fish Booth again - and the 7:00 p.m. Men's basketball game versus Northern Kentucky. I will be hosting some of our valued CSIC leadership donors in CoLA's Suite 206 for the men's basketball game. If you plan to attend, I hope you will stop by and say 'hello!'

I'm so excited that The Musical Theatre Initiative, led by Joe Deer, will be bringing Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown to Dayton next week as part of the yearlong MUSICALS ROCK! celebration of contemporary Pop and Rock musicals. Brown will offer an intimate evening of stage and film favorites at the Victoria Theatre on February 25 at 8:00 p.m. Faculty and staff tickets are available by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630. Ask for Faculty/Staff pricing. On February 26 he will visit WSU's campus to present a lecture on the craft of writing for the musical theater at 10:00 a.m. in the Herbst Theatre in the Creative Arts Center. At 1:00 p.m. he will do an interview with Joe Deer and take questions from the audience. All on-campus activities are free and open to the public.
Next Thursday, February 25, is the kick-off celebration for this year's Campus Scholarship and Innovation Campaign (CSIC) at 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Apollo Room. This year's CSIC theme mirrors that of the university's campaign: Rise.Shine. These two small-yet-powerful words describe today's spirit at Wright State. Rise.Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University seeks to leverage that spirit and transform the university to benefit our students and the economic future of Ohio. The kick-off includes more information about giving to Wright State plus prizes, fun activities, and refreshments. CoLA met our goal of 55% participation last year and our goal will be the same for 2016. Last year CoLA received nearly $120,000 in support of our scholarships and programs through this campaign. I look forward to another great year! 

This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board featured member is DSAB Vice President Dennis Wilson. Dennis is a senior at Wright State pursuing degrees in Communication Studies and Selected Studies. This is his second year serving on the Dean's Student Advisory Board. Aside from his busy class schedule, Dennis also works at Sinclair Community College and is a single father of a twelve year old son. Dennis is a musician and a lover of the arts and baseball.   
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Kristin Sobolik

Upcoming Event:

Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality Symposium: Gendered Bodies/Gendered Lives, Friday, February 19, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Student Union Apollo Room.  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brittany Cooper, Rutgers University, #SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Racial Justice, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lecture by Christopher Oldstone-Moore, History, on his new book, Of Beards and Men: The Revelating History of Facial Hair, February 23, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Allyn 131 Veteran's Center.
Please check out the many upcoming activities planned through our Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).